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Chinese Robot Waiters Fuel Korean Anxiety Over Labor Shortages
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Chinese Robot Waiters Fuel Korean Anxiety Over Labor Shortages

South Koreans are anxious over a flood of cheap Chinese robot waiters amid labor shortages, population declines, and growing rivalry with Chinese technology firms...

Why Scientists Are Delving into the Virtual World
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Why Scientists Are Delving into the Virtual World

A growing number of scientific researchers are using virtual reality (VR) technology in the lab, often to more easily collaborate with distant colleagues, or simply...

AI Misinformation: Why It Works and How to Spot It
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AI Misinformation: Why It Works and How to Spot It

Determining what's real online is getting more difficult. But there are steps you can take to deal with it.

UMass Amherst Computer Scientists Use AI to Accelerate Computing Speed by Thousands of Times
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UMass Amherst Computer Scientists Use AI to Accelerate Computing Speed by Thousands of Times

Their development Scalene, an open-source tool for dramatically speeding up the programming language Python, circumvents issues limiting computer processing speed...

These Tools Could Help Protect Our Pictures From AI
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These Tools Could Help Protect Our Pictures From AI

However, these tools are neither perfect, nor enough on their own.

Embuing AI with Ethics
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Embuing AI with Ethics

In lieu of regulations, companies are starting to develop their own guidelines to control the use of artificial intelligence.

These Nifty Drones Can Lock Together in Mid-Air to Form a Bigger, Stronger Robot
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These Nifty Drones Can Lock Together in Mid-Air to Form a Bigger, Stronger Robot

Researchers at Japan's University of Tokyo have developed drones that can assemble and dissemble in mid-air.

Novel Algorithm Proposed for Selecting Variables Efficiently
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Novel Algorithm Proposed for Selecting Variables Efficiently

Researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences' Hefei Institutes of Physical Science has developed a variable selection algorithm for chemometrics applications....

Framework Allows Robots to Perform Interactive Tasks in Sequential Order
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Framework Allows Robots to Perform Interactive Tasks in Sequential Order

A new framework allows quadruped robots to perform tasks that get progressively more complex without having to relearn motions.

Behind the AI Boom, an Army of Overseas Workers in 'Digital Sweatshops'
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Behind the AI Boom, an Army of Overseas Workers in 'Digital Sweatshops'

More than 2 million people in the Philippines perform "crowdwork," according to informal government estimates, as part of AI's vast underbelly.

Opening the Black Box
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Opening the Black Box

Researchers hope to enable scientists and processor designers to understand the underlying reasoning of deep learning accelerator designs through explainable-design...

AI Can Spot Early Signs of a Tsunami from Atmospheric Shock Waves
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AI Can Spot Early Signs of a Tsunami from Atmospheric Shock Waves

Researchers found that off-the-shelf artificial intelligence (AI) models can detect the early signs of a tsunami in two-dimensional (2D) images from GPS satellites...

AI Brings the Robot Wingman to Aerial Combat
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AI Brings the Robot Wingman to Aerial Combat

Artificial intelligence (AI) operates the U.S. Air Force's pilotless XQ-58A Valkyrie experimental aircraft, which the military envisions as a next-generation robot...

ML System Based on Light Could Yield More Powerful, Efficient LLMs
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ML System Based on Light Could Yield More Powerful, Efficient LLMs

A team of researchers has developed a light-based machine learning system that could surpass the system behind ChatGPT in terms of power and efficiency, while also...

Scientists Sequence Last Piece of the Human Genome: The Y Chromosome
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Scientists Sequence Last Piece of the Human Genome: The Y Chromosome

The Telomere-to-Telomere consortium has completed sequencing the human genome by adding the fully mapped Y chromosome.

A Stroke Stole Her Ability to Speak at 30. A.I. Is Helping to Restore It Years Later.
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A Stroke Stole Her Ability to Speak at 30. A.I. Is Helping to Restore It Years Later.

The brain activity of a paralyzed woman is being translated into words spoken by an avatar. This milestone could help others who have lost speech.

Teen's Pill-Tracking Device Attracts Interest from CVS Pharmacy
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Teen's Pill-Tracking Device Attracts Interest from CVS Pharmacy

U.S. pharmacy chain CVS is among those interested in a pill-tracking device created by Virginia-based high school student Archishma Marrapu.

Making Your Phone Screen Blurry Could Stop Snooping
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Making Your Phone Screen Blurry Could Stop Snooping

A new system can blur smartphone screens to prevent snooping.

Google Algorithm Makes FIDO Encryption Safe from Quantum Computers
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Google Algorithm Makes FIDO Encryption Safe from Quantum Computers

A post-quantum cryptography (PQC) algorithm developed by researchers at Google and Switzerland's ETH Zurich enables quantum-resistant encryption for FIDO2 security...

Competing Agendas Roil Online Content Moderation Efforts
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Competing Agendas Roil Online Content Moderation Efforts

The EU and the U.S. diverge on how they handle online content moderation.
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